16/04/2017 The Papers


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Now on BBC News it's time now for The Papers


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be


With me are the political commentator Vincent Moss


Today's front pages, starting with...


The Sunday Times leads on North Korea AND says


President Trump is prepared to strike Korean nuclear sites.


The Mail on Sunday also leads with the rising tensions around


North Korea and their threat to wipe out the United States armada.


The Sunday Telegraph goes with the potential threat to America


It says that North Korea possesses the capability


The Express simply calls it the Deadliest Stand-off.


And the Observer leads on an education story,


saying that free schools will benefit wealthier regions.


The Sunday Times. Sean, this very emotive headline next to a


photograph of a soldier saluting at this big display of military


hardware in Pyongyang. Trump ready to strike Kim's nuclear sites.


Really? President Trump is not afraid to use his military


resources. We have seen that as a matter of fact in the past two


weeks. What is interesting is that we have seen tensions ratcheting up


in the United States and North Korea. Specialists would say that


China has got North Korea under control, but the danger is we have


had various missile tests. It's like the son and daughter of Star Wars,


the notion of missiles being shot down midair. That is causing tension


with the North Koreans. We have this described by the Americans overnight


as a failed missile launch. Can we relax? No, they will keep trying.


The papers are reporting about how dangerous North Korea is, but there


were printed before the missile fail. Most experts think that within


two or three years they will have the capability to strike at America


and this is what the Sunday Times story is talking about. North Korea


will do anything when it comes to America. We have not seen any


evidence though, apart from increasing American concern. At the


moment the issues seems to be that they have the capability to fire


missiles, but they don't necessarily have the capability to put a nuclear


warhead onto a missile, but they could get that. The US is a big


country. It doesn't have to reach Washington, there are places like


Hawaii, which are nearer. That's right. One thing that North Korea


has missiles that launch satellites into space. There is the


technicality of going into the earth's orbit and coming back and


striking downwards. They have theoretically got the ability to


deliver a nuclear tipped missile. It is a bit precise. The question many


people must ask is why are we concerned today and ten months in


the future or ten months in the past? That's a good point, one that


is echoed on the front of the mail on Sunday. Quite a dramatic


headline. Kim's threat to annihilate Trump's Marder. These missiles don't


need to reach America or Europe, they could just reach South Korea or


Japan to be a threat and that is what makes this escalation is a


dangerous. The Chinese are now starting to get a bit more muscular


and interested in it. The papers seem to be trying to make Britain


part of this, but when not. -- but we're not. We've never been more


impotent when it comes to conflict like this and our place at the table


is different and Brexit will make it worse. We do still have an


international profile. It could be a bigger profile because we run her to


coordinate constantly our response with the EU. But we will have two


coordinates with Nato, and we are one of the biggest members, along


with the United States. Vincent, you make a big point. The Russian


ambassador said that Britain is irrelevant and we don't have an


independent view. But we do still have a lot of influence.


The second any missile start flying, Britain will be involved. Let's get


back to the Sunday Times for a change of tempo, as it were. As


everyone will know, it is Easter Sunday. Some people will be taking


advantage of having a lying, eating Easter eggs. Have you started? Not


yet. I'll wait to choose day when they are cheaper. I've got a real


chocolate addiction. Now, Theresa May speaks out for Christian


Britain. She is the daughter of a vicar. Well, her message is quite


similar to that of David Cameron last year. Religious tolerance, let


everyone practice their faith without interference. You suggesting


that someone is wrote it for that? -- that someone else wrote it for


her? Possibly. She has weighed in about the meaning of Easter. Some


politicians have been reticent. It is Easter Sunday and the Sunday


Times, quite rightly that other papers, reflects on that. If you are


a tabloid, you have a bonny, if you are able broadsheet, there is some


religious content. Now, a story about builders who have an earth --


on earth some hidden remains of five archbishops of Canterbury. As I


understand it, they winched the smartphone down.


They say there is an app for everything! It seems they have seen


the Archbishop's feel on 30 Coppins. It is a genuinely Easter exclusive.


The best quote is from one of the people who found it. He said, we


come across a lot of bones in this job, but we knew it was different


when we found an Archbishop's crown on one of them. People try to be


respectful, but there is a lot of building work going on and it is


possible that maybe they did not notice it. One of these archbishops


could have overseen the King James Bible. It's a great find. Hopefully


at some point we will see the images of this mobile phone being lowered


into this sort of vault. Did anyone filmed the people filming it? I


often accidentally pressed the video instead of the still because I'm a


bit hopeless, even with the smartphone, so they could have done


inadvertently. If you are watching and you have the moving pictures,


send them to us. If you discover any historical Coppins anywhere, then


tweet us. Let us go back to the Observer. As they go back, we


haven't looked at it yet. Let's start with this story. Putin set to


lose EU crown jewels. I didn't know that the EU had crown jewels. Two of


them you may not be familiar with, but it is from the Observer's source


correspondent. He is pointing out there could be a double humiliation


because we could lose the European banking authority and the European


medicines agency, which employs about 1000 people. What does it


matter? It's about a talent drain. The Observer is so this is the


start, another impact of Brexit. EU -based bodies will go somewhere


else. It is making the point that it comes at a time where we will not


get the backing from Brussels and the 27 member countries. There is a


box and to play devils advocate slightly, they will have two sort of


move when Britain is no longer a four member of the EU. Is it a


double humiliation that they have moved 18 months early? Maybe it is.


One were covering the campaign by Britain to get the Olympics, which


was a long time ago, Jacques Chirac said there was an argument about


whether the European food agency will be based. I think he was


fighting with the Norwegians. It's completely overshadowed his attempt


to lobby for Paris because he said some rude things about Norwegian


food in the headlines followed him to Singapore. Staying with the


Observer, an interesting story about schools, Sean. What you make of


this? Free schools boom helps the richest. It's a claim by the


National Union of Teachers that money is wasted, to use the words,


on free schools and technical colleges and academy schools that


have either closed or not opened in the first place. To put it into


context, what is not tangible and what is not reported is out of the


investment that was made, some good seeds as well as bad seeds were


sown. We'd know to what extent it is a total waste of money, but it's a


lot cash. There are about 800 of these schools, free from local


authority control. But Italy's into the wider issue as well, as we


discussed was so much money being spent on free schools, obviously at


the moment moving forward with grammar schools as well, it is a


politician's dream, isn't it? Yes. Education is becoming a hot potato


for the government. Labour research says that 20 of the most deprived


areas would get just 12 of the gnu free schools announced. It is


middle-class, sharp elbowed parents who can set these up. David Lloyd


wrote a good piece in the Observer. He argues for evidence led


arguments. People should look at the evidence. Lord Baker, the former


Education Secretary, one of his successors Michael Gove thought that


these free schools were a failure. There is a big debate about them.


They are saying we are good value and are helping children who would


not otherwise get a good education, but it seems that the government are


less enthusiastic. Free schools are getting far less oversight. You


often see people saying, I went to a grammar school and it was great.


People who went to secondary modern that seemed to do that. Where did


you go? I went to a comprehensive. Comprehensive as well.


There is a valid point though that people from the media are from


grammar schools. Now, you both have opinions on this. Kelvin MacKenzie's


column on Friday. A stackable offence? Yes. Anything stackable in


the world of commercial paper is because what you have to look at is


the bottom line. There are all sorts of suggestions about what he said.


It needs to be investigated. For someone who has worked on tabloids,


I do know the oversight that would have gone into that. It should have


been seen by sub editors. When Kelvin says the L Word, as in


Liverpool, that should set alarm bells ringing. Thank you both. Happy


Easter to you. You can go off and relax and read the papers.


There's more on all our top stories on the BBC News Channel and the next


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